Sunday, March 31, 2019

Is This A Sick Joke?

T.S Eliot was mistaken. March is the cruelest month.

The most censored episode in American network television talk-show history

Dr. Caligari's Cabinet posted Madonna's infamous appearance on the Dave Letterman Show on this day in 1994. If you are offended by bad language don't watch it - she drops the F-bomb fourteen times. It was every talk-show host's worst nightmare brought to life, like wrangling a toddler who's jacked up on chocolate and caffeine.

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Sunday Links

Should we keep our problem dogs and cats even if they make us miserable? 

If you don't have cats you might need The Ratapult

3D Printable Radcliffe Camera by Johnny Chan

What's the Least Useful Body Part? Anatomists and evolutionary biologists weigh in.

The Voder was the first device that could generate continuous human speech electronically.

How Did Dance Become A Human Necessity?

 Bunnies Gone Bad Why killer rabbits are overrepresented in medieval manuscripts.

The House That Love Built — Before It Was Gone : For Monica Vitti, Eileen Gray and Frank Lloyd Wright, their homes were the culmination of passionate affairs. And the places they ended.

Anatomy of a Perfect Album: On Joni Mitchell's Blue 

The Helicopter Bunny  Via

Kenyan artist Khadambi Asalache's London house is worth a look.

I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter Batali is not the first powerful man to request forgiveness for “inappropriate actions” towards his coworkers and employees. He is not the most high profile, and he is ostensibly not even the worst offender. But he is the only one who included a recipe.

These shoes will definitely bring out your inner Goth Via Miss C

Beauty Tips From My Dead Sister

Michelin three-star restaurant French Laundry serves mushroom soup from a bong And yes it was “hand blown by an artisan.”

This little indie film scared the living daylights out of me. How ‘The Blair Witch Project’ Invented Modern Movie Marketing 

Tiny apartment custom-built for two generations and their pets  is designed to keep a cat and a parrot separated.

 “Call Me Maybe,” by Carly Rae Jepsen, slowed down by around 1000 percent. Not sure why.

Podcast: In 1869, two well diggers in Cardiff, N.Y., unearthed an enormous figure made of stone. More than 600,000 people flocked to see the mysterious giant, but even as its fame grew, its real origins were coming to light.

The Brexit Diet: Experts are worried that the true impact of Brexit will leave a very bad taste in British mouths.

Watch the springtime migration from your couch on these 6 Birdwatching Webcams 

 'Silent Moscow'  by French documentary and street photographer Hermes Pichon. Via

This is nuts! One Way or Another (Cat Edition)

Formerly Incarcerated Japanese Americans Organize a Protest Against Family Separation at the Border: Satsuki Ina, who contributed familial artifacts to an exhibition on the detention of Japanese Americans, is also organizing a memorial and protest with 60 former incarcerees.

The 20 Best TV Dramas Since ‘The Sopranos’ Mad Men, West Wing, The Wire and Breaking Bad hooked me. I started watching a few of the other shows mentioned here (Deadwood, Veronica Mars, The Good Wife, Justified) and couldn't muster any interest. Of the rest, The Americans is the only show I'd consider watching.

The workhorse of the kitchen: Everything you need to know about cast iron pans Via

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Tweet Of The Day

Warner Music signs an algorithm to a record deal

Warner Music has become the first major label to sign a record deal with an algorithm. Audio startup Endel uses artificial intelligence to create soundsсapes to help you focus, relax, and sleep. They will release 20 albums this year.

Endel Alexa Skill Demo from Endel on Vimeo.

More: The Guardian

Thanks Bruce!

Life in Miniature

Kath Holden is an artist of the everyday.

Life in Miniature from Ellen Evans on Vimeo.

Deviant Desserts

New York cake artist Katherine Dey of Deviant Desserts bakes custom anatomical cakes that make you think twice before cutting into them.


Soviet space dog shoes

Belka and Strelka in their glory days.

You know you want these (I know I do). Belka and Strelka, two Russian cosmopups, were the first Earth-born creatures to go into orbit and return alive. They hold an important place in space history. Now they are immortalized on a pair of shoes.

Buy them here
Via Boing Boing

Friday, March 29, 2019

The Dutch reach.

Our world—the car world—would be much safer if everyone practiced the Dutch reach.


How true is this?

Wrong Hands

RIP AgnĂšs Varda

Belgian-born French film director AgnĂšs Varda died today. Her films, photographs, and art installations focused on documentary realism, feminist issues, and social commentary with a distinctive experimental style.I really enjoyed Faces Places (French: Visages Villages),  a 2017 French documentary film directed by AgnĂšs Varda and photographer/artist JR that follows the pair around rural France, creating portraits of the people they come across.

Carmen Strikes Again

Don't be taken in. She is not as innocent as she looks.

The stinkbugs are awakening from their winter nap and I find one or two every day crawling around, looking for access to the outdoors. My young cat, Carmen, is obsessed with them and stalks them like a born huntress. She has had her eye on one that is walking around the edge of the ceiling. Last night she decided to make her move and jumped onto the frame of a large painting, bringing it down onto a lamp and a tabletop humidifier which tumbled to the floor. Like some sort of superhero Carmen managed to propel herself upwards onto a curtain rod at ceiling level, bringing the drapes and valance down. The bedroom is trashed and it happened in the blink of an eye. Luckily the painting was not behind glass. Despite an impressive effort by Carmen the stinkbug is still making its way around the perimeter of the room.
And the fun never ends. This morning I reached into a drawer to grab some fresh undies and found that the tabletop humidifier, enroute to the floor, had dropped half its load into the drawer. I had three choices: wet, dirty or no underwear. I went back to bed.
I'd prefer it if Carmen used her superpowers for good instead of evil.

Strange Histories

Visual artist Ian Trask stacks images from his huge collection of vintage 35mm slide photographs to create surreal collages. The original slides were compiled by the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.

You can purchase Trask's book here.

Via Flashbak

Satirical Job Title Generator

Are you a Party Animal of Unorthodox Reasoning and Unconventional AI? Words such as guru, unicorn, and thought leader appear on resumes and LinkedIn pages of designers, and I have absolutely no idea what they mean. The Pseudo Design Titles job generator pokes fun at this baffling trend. Give it a whirl.

Via  Creative Bloq

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Deconstructed Cargo Pants

No pants, just pockets. Have you secretly yearned for these? You can actually buy them here.


What Happiness Sounds Like

@aleksandergamme finds something nice in a hole in the ground, after 86 days of near-starvation, while crossing the South Pole.


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Can hardly wait!

Some Brexit Street Art

An Homage To Twelve-Tone Dissonance

The twelve-tone technique is a method of musical composition devised by Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg that uses all 12 notes of the chromatic scale without assigning a hierarchy of importance. All 12 notes are thus given more or less equal importance, and the music avoids being in a key. The music is weird and so is this video.

Stunning Photorealism Set In A Futuristic Alien Landscape

To demonstrate the stunning photorealism in Unreal Engine 4.21, Quixel produced “Rebirth” a cinematic real-time short set in Iceland.

The short was created by three artists at the company known for its photogrammetry expertise using its Megascans 2D and 3D physically-based asset library.

Via TwistedSifter

GauGAN Turns Doodles Into Photorealistic Masterpieces

A deep learning model developed by NVIDIA Research acts like a smart paintbrush by taking rough sketches and converting them into realistic images.

Read More

Via Kottke

Spring Cleaning Bingo for Artists


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Graham-Paige Fire Chief’s Car

Image:Long Beach Fireman's Historical Museum Photographs Collection 

This unidentified fire chief is standing outside Station No. 2 on Anaheim St, Long Beach with his 1929 Chrysler Model 629. The station was destroyed in the devastating 1933 earthquake.

More about the car here

Thanks Bruce!


This award winning animation by Canadian director Cordell Barker takes place aboard a driverless, out-of-control train.

Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, 1914

This photograph taken in 1914 is part of August Sander's project titled People of the 20th Century, a series of diverse portraits that gives a cross section of 20th century society. But these young men weren’t farmers.

Via TwistedSifter

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Fabulous thread:

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Every Way To Cook An Egg

Bon Appetit assistant food editor Amiel Stanek knows a lot of ways to prepare an egg.

Via Geekologie

The growth of Canada's cities since Confederation.

Canada's population count in 2016 was 10 times greater than in 1871, when the first census after Confederation recorded 3.5 million people in Canada. By 1967, when Canadians were toasting 100 years since Confederation, that number had grown to 20.0 million. On Census Day, May 10, 2016, 35,151,728 people reported living in Canada. The Twitter pic below shows patterns of population growth across the country since Confederation.

The Dance Of The Pendulums

Fifteen uncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and random motion.

Via TwistedSifter

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Read more here 

These Dogs Protect Mother Earth

Based in Montana, Working Dogs for Conservation trains rescue dogs to sleuth out everything from illegal poaching to invasive species.

Meet the Super Dogs Protecting Mother Earth from Great Big Story on Vimeo.

Beautiful Design

Art Nouveau glass and sterling silver trivets made by Webster, circa early 20th century.

Collectors Weekly 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Replica of National Lampoon Family Truckster Could Be Yours

This 1981 Ford LTD Station Wagon re-creation is based on the iconic vehicle in"National Lampoon's Vacation". It will be up for bidding at the Barrett-Jackson automobile auction in Palm Beach, Florida on April 11th - 13th.


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Bubbletecture, a new book by architect Sharon Francis, features more than 200 examples of inflatable architecture and design from the 1960s until the present.

More here

Decomposition Cupcake

Cake artist Claire Ratcliffe baked this “Five Stages” cupcake for the Edible Body Farm exhibit which used yummy treats to explore the topic of bodily decomposition. Is it as delicious as it looks? That 'remains to be seen'.


Happy VĂ„ffeldagen!

Photo: Swedish Food/John Duxbury
March 25th is VĂ„ffeldagen (Waffle Day) in Sweden. The Swedish VĂ„rfrudagen, meaning "Our Lady's Day" (the Feast of the Annunciation), sounds similar to VĂ„ffeldagen ("waffle day") and over time  the religious holiday morphed into a waffle fest. Celebrate it like the Swedes do with traditional recipes from food writer John Duxbury.


Via PfRC


Vincent Bal is a shadowologist and filmmaker from Belgium. He uses random objects and light to create shadow doodles


Car #288

We've been doing some renovations on our century home and have found lots of stuff in the walls: old bottles, clothing, newspapers, children's shoes and more. You know what we didn't find? A trolley car.
Last year these guys unearthed an original Trenton  tramcar built into a house they were renovating in Hamilton, New Jersey. They peeled back drywall and the year 1912. Behind another wall was a door.

They have launched a GoFundMe campaign to restore the car.


Mars Habitat

NASA held $3.15 million competition to build a 3D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars. The multi-phase challenge is designed to advance the construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth and beyond. Mars Habitat is the final film for the Mars Habitation competition.

Mars Habitat - Full Film from LightField London on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 24, 2019


#FloridaManChallenge: Go to Google and type in Florida Man and your birthday ad see what comes up. Apparently on May 22 (my birthday) he dashed children's illusions about their parents forever:

Silhouettes On The Shade

Strange movements performed by ghostly hands...

Via Boing Boing

Music For Sunday Morning


Sunday Links

Roslyn Place (above) in Shadyside is paved with pressurized oak blocks. It is Pittsburgh’s last wooden street.

The House of The Future: Charles Schridde's Stunning 1960s Motorola Ads 

Cannabis etiquette  It's the toke of the town!

Chambers of Secrets: Sets and scenes from the Harry Potter series are reimagined as miniature cardboard models by architecture students from the Melbourne School of Design.

Pegasus by Jean-Michel Basquiat, "the Most Beautiful Drawing Ever"

The Parrot Whisperer of Washington, D.C. 

The figure in Edvard Munch's "The Scream" isn't actually screaming

Terrible Things Happening in Cold Places  Via

Next Best Thing: In 2015, when startup founder Roman Mazurenko died in a car accident, his best friend spent three months gathering his last text messages and created an app that would let her speak with him again.

7 Thrillers Set in Psychiatric Hospitals and Asylums 

Do your kids turn up their noses at fruit and veggies? Feed them these Bug Snacks. They'll love them.

Meet Vermeer in augmented reality

24 Common Cognitive Biases: A Visual List of the Psychological Systems Errors That Keep Us From Thinking Rationally

 The Museum of Everyday Life

Morning Commute In Salekhard, Russia

Oxford English Dictionary adds new entries: chuddies, jibbons and fantoosh

This house! Residence Le Nid by Anne Carrier overlooks Saint Lawrence River

CBC News: A group of researchers at the University of Ottawa is using Google Street View to spot gentrification in the city's neighbourhoods.

 The Hess Triangle, a cheeky symbol of New York City’s defiant nature.

Salvador DalĂ­’s champagne lamps go on display

Why Are Pockets So Rare in Women's Clothes? Thanks Bruce!

China's new social media craze:  Praising groups

This Proposal Photo Was Shot Using a Drone

Saturday, March 23, 2019

A Map of Fairyland (c. 1920)

Here is a handy map for your next visit to Fairyland:

Click here for larger image
An anciente mappe of Fairyland : newly discovered and set forth,” by Bernard Sleigh was published in London around 1920 as an atlas of the world of common English fairy tales. It is part of a booklet accompanied by text in the digitized collection of The Library of Congress .

More here 

The Astronaut Spacewalk Lamp

I love this $30 Astronaut Lamp designed by Paladone. It is available from ThinkGeek.

Via Geekologie

What’s Wrong With This Diorama?

Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
This diorama at the American Museum of Natural History was amended with annotations that allow museumgoers to see the historical inaccuracies it perpetuates. It depicts an imagined 17th-century meeting between Dutch settlers and the Lenape, an Indigenous tribe inhabiting New Amsterdam, now New York City. Instead of replacing the diorama, the museum has posted explanations of what was wrong with the portrayals on the glass.

Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

More: The New York Times

The World's Longest Art Exhibit

Photo: Visit Stockholm
The Stockholm subway system hosts a 110 kilometre long art exhibit. Over 90 of the 100 subway stations in Stockholm have been decorated with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings, and reliefs by over 150 artists.

I've got a trip to Stockholm tentatively scheduled for September. The Tunnelbana Gallery is one of the things I'd like to see.

More here

Petra, the talkative Congo African Grey

Petra is a very sociable parrot. When her family isn't around she spends her time chatting up a storm with Alexa (Amazon Echo).

Read Petra's BLird  (Bird Blog)

Friday, March 22, 2019

1929 Avant-garde Film Classic

New Zealand-born artist Len Lye’s first film, Tusalava (1929) was inspired by London's nascent  experimental film scene and Lye’s interest in Maori, Aboriginal and Samoan art. Composed of 7,000 hand-drawn images, the abstract animation synthesises modern and ancient art as it depicts simple life forms emerging, evolving and vying for supremacy.


Via PfRC


40 years ago Chris Porsz took photos of people in his hometown of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Decades later he set out to reunite the characters who appeared in his early work. He tracked them down and photographed them again, often in the same location.

Dog and Tina
Original 1985 – Reunion March 2015

Double Bubble
Original 1980 – Reunion April 2012

Five Boys Running
Original 1980 – Reunion June 2016

Buy his book here

More: Flashbak